Welcome to the 7th International Puppetry Festival “Change of view”
Let me express my heartfelt joy at learning how much you appreciate and enjoy our art, and how puppet art theatre has sparked your interest. Let me also promise you that the exciting, thrilling, invigorating, surprising, inspiring and enriching performances of this years’ festival will again be dedicated to the excellence in the theatre art where classical theatrical elements of puppetry are incorporated as well as aspects of current formal and creative development.
Since our last festival event dedicated to “About looking for and finding home” we have placed a particular focus on questions relating to content. I am convinced that also a puppetry festival will benefit from understanding the role and motives of a theatre venue where artists take an interest in actively addressing the questions of our time. In this light, I am more than happy to welcome you to a week of top-class theatre performances providing you with an insight into the societal and political possibilities actively explored by the invited artists in recognition of their own responsibility.
I am well aware of the fact that theatre cannot change the ways of the world. What we can do however is raise awareness, ask questions, stimulate discussions, provoke the audience as well as lure them with laughter and finally set out on a quest for the truth. Truth may come in many different forms, some unwanted and some lost in the daily grind, some hidden by manipulation and some simply forgotten. Theatre may act as a trigger enabling us to sharpen our vision for the next day on which we stop padding our superficiality start fighting against manipulation as well as moving forward in order to embrace freedom. In his work “Über die Monotonisierung der Welt”, published in 1925, Stefan Zweig observed that to achieve freedom is the highest goal for an intellectual mind. Freedom can be achieved from people, from opinions, from things as well as from one’s own self.
This years’ plays and performances come with the safe knowledge that hell and heaven, god and devil, war and peace, to be or not to be, good and evil serve each other, existing side by side, and what we are stuck in this duality of powers, unable to always make a decision yet always responsible for our actions. Hell and heaven are not classified in religious or mythological categories rather they emerge as synonyms of our daily uncertainties and serve as signposts on our search for happiness and joy.
What do we believe in? We believe in love, truth, freedom, responsibility and our fellow humans. Theatre must build on this hope and seek to provide us with visions of a future that will lift our spirits.
Please remain sensitive, be alert and maintain your positive attitude. On this note I am very much looking forward to a week of inspiring and exciting theatre productions providing an excellent opportunity to meet others and make interesting contacts.